I'm a 31 year old woman who has been experiening shortness of breath for about 9-10 years now. I had an eating disorder in my early 20's and was very underweight and had a handful of fainting spells. I'm only mentioning this because I don't know if it could be somehow related.
The breathing problem has been something I've ignored as being "out of shape" or "overweight" since that time. I am currently about 20lbs. overweith but I also had a baby recently so I'm still working on losing weight...I really don't believe now that weight has had any factor in this.
I have always had numerous "respritory infections" or assumptions of strep throat through out the years, and never thought much of that either.
I was hospitalized with pnumonia twice when I was an infant.
When I became pregnant last year with my son my shortness of breath became quite severe. Of course my pcp thought nothing of it. He said I had exercised induced ashtma. ppffft, whatever that is. I knew that was'nt what it was. I became very ill about 2 months pregnant with swollwen glands, a hard dry cough and low grade fever with debillitating fatigue. He though I had mono or strep. I did'nt have either and he told me it was just a "virus".
After my sons birth I went back to my pcp because I had preeclampsia and my blood pressure was still high (it is still now after 5months since giving birth). I told him I felt like I was "coming down with something" because my chest felt fluid-y and it hurt when I took a breath. He said my lungs were clear and suspected I had pluesrisy but I had no known cause for it.He ran a ekg in the office which was borderline abnormal He suggested I see a cardiolosist and a pulmonologist.
So I saw the pulmonologist and she did blood work for various autoimmune diseases and I had a spirometer test done along with a ct scan and a echocardiogram.(I did somewhat poorly on the spirometer test and she said one of my immuglobin levels were very low on the blood tests)) She has found nothing except that my thyroid is now low. (it was'nt when my pcp checked it in oct.). I started taking synthroid about a month ago but I am not feeling at all better and my shortness of breath is getting really bad. Just getting dressed or carrying my son down the hallway are leaving me extremely weak.
I've noticed my right arm has been numb as well. My arms feel ridiculously weak. I have had a very deep dry cough when I laugh really hard and sometimes when I breathe in really deeply as well.
I am supposed to get a stress test done but that is'nt until the end of march and I don't see tha pulmonologist until the end of April.
I don't know what to do. I feel strongly that there is something severly wrong with me and it is not just my hypothyroid or high blood pressure.
My quality of life is rapidly declining and I'm not sure what to do since no doctors seem to have an answer. My husband asked me yesterday if I wanted to go to the emergency room but what would be the point...they are'nt going to know anything either.
does anyone else have these symptoms or feel this way too?
I would really appreciate any input.:(
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